Viewers have got their detective hats on for Netflix’s reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
The series – which looks at a range of unsolved mysteries from the trauma of a loved one’s unexplained disappearance or horrific death, to the shock of a bizarre paranormal encounter – has got everyone talking and asking questions about the cases.
The huge interest has led to Netflix releasing unseen video clips and interviews on the first six cases, including Patrice Endres’ disappearance and death.
The second episode of the series titled “13 Minutes” looks at the story of Patrice – a hairdresser who disappeared in 2004 in the space of 13 minutes.
However, it wasn’t until 600 days later, on December 6, 2005, that skeletal remains were found behind Lebanon Baptist Church in Dawson County and they were later identified as Patrice’s.
Here’s everything you need to know about the case and all the latest theories behind her death.
Who is Patrice Endres?
Patrice was a Georgia mum and hairdresser who owned her own salon. She suddenly went missing on April 15, 2004, leaving behind a son, Pistol Black, who is featured in much of the “13 Minutes” episode.
His pain over the mysterious loss of his mother, and the dearth of answers in the last 16 years, is clear to see. There are currently no suspects.
What happened to Patrice Endres?
The “13 Minutes” episode refers to the time in which authorities believe Patrice was taken from her salon.
Very little is known about what could have happened; passers-by saw that Patrice’s car was parked at an unusual angle, but the salon was empty by the time another person arrived.
When authorities were called, they discovered that money had been taken from a safe and Patrice’s lunch had been left out uneaten, but there was no other evidence of a break-in or a struggle.
All the police officers had to work on was the understanding that something had happened between 11.37am—the time of the last phone call Patrice answered—and 11.50am, the time of the first call she didn’t pick up.
Some 600 days later however, remains of a body were found and identified to be Patrice’s. Later, officials realised that Patrice’s wedding ring was not recovered with the body. The ring has never been found.
Timeline of Patrice’s disappearance
Since the series has been released on Netflix, a number of viewers have stormed social media with clues, evidence and theories about the deaths featured in the series.
Recently, Netflix released a set of unseen interviews and video clips on their Reddit page to assist in the ameuteur sleuthing by fans.
In a new clip, the officers reveal how they worked out the 13-minute time frame which they believe is the time it took for Patrice to disappear.
According to the officers in the video clip, the events followed in this order:
- 08.50 – First client Pam Sheppard arrives at Patrice’s salon for a 9am appointment. Patrice is there. The customer told the police that Patrice seemed “distracted” and was not very “attentive” towards her.
- 11.05 – Pam leaves the shop.
- 11.10 – Paul Cantor arrives for a haircut.
- 11.27 – Paul leaves. The customer received a phone call as he was leaving and the police were able to verify this by his cell phone records.
- 11.35 – A customer calls to change an appointment. The customer reported that Patrice was somewhat short on the phone, which was unusual for her. The call lasted two minutes.
- 11.50 – Mitchell, one of the officers, said that based on phone records, Patrice’s next call came in at this time. However, there was no answer. “So you can draw the conclusion that something’s not right here,” he said.
Who killed Patrice Endres?
It’s still unknown who is responsible for Patrice’s death, but over the years there have been some false confessions.
In the 16 years since Patrice’s death, two separate serial killers, Jeremy Brian Jones and Gary Michael Hilton, have been suspected in her death, with Jones even confessing to her murder.
He claimed he had kidnapped, assaulted, and killed Patrice, dumping her body in a creek in a neighbouring county. Searches of the area uncovered nothing, and Jones later revealed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had “made up the story to get better food and extra jail visitation and phone privileges”.
It was determined by authorities that neither men likely killed Patrice.
Another lead was provided by a woman. Forsyth News reported that she claimed to have seen a man and a white van in front of the salon at the time, and worked with a sketch artist on a rendering of the scene. However, she later recanted her story and was charged with providing false statements.
Where is Rob Endres?
The main figure featured in the episode, other than Patrice’s son, is Rob Endres who was married to Patrice at the time.
Viewers were shocked to find out more about the case, as he revealed he would carry around her skull and sleep with her ashes.
Rob was 20 years older than Patrice and they first met when he visited the salon for a haircut.
Several people who were close to Patrice reveal in the episode that she was unhappy in her marriage, and possibly looking into a divorce. The episode also highlights the extremely tense relationship between Rob and Patrice’s son Pistol.
Rob says in the episode that he threw Pistol, then a teenager, out of their house as soon as his mother disappeared.
Despite their differences, however, both men remain active in trying to push for the murder to be solved.
Rob is now retired and is in his mid-70s, and he still lives in Georgia – now in Douglasville.
What’s the latest on Patrice’s case?
In 2019, Special Agent Kimberly Williams told the Forsyth County News that “Endres’ murder remains an active and important case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Cleveland Office.”
In the Netflix episode, Special Agent Mitchell Posey explains that “there are aspects of the Patrice Endres investigation that we can’t discuss, that we refuse to discuss, because we define that as guilty knowledge information…information that’s only known by the person responsible for what happened to Patrice, and by us, the investigators, that know every aspect of the case. We can’t afford to have a false confession. We definitely want to give some form of closure to the family.”
Where is Patrice’s ring?
Patrice’s wedding ring – consisting of two 14-carat gold rings soldered together with a 1.5-carat pear-shaped marquis diamond in the centre – was never recovered.
Police are hoping that the ring is out there somewhere, and could be the key that finally cracks the case after all these years.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation writes on its website that if you have information about the case or the ring’s location, you can call their tip line at 800-597-8477.
“We are dedicated to solving this case,” said Special Agent Kimberly Williams in a statement to the Forsyth County News in 2019.
“And we continue to encourage the public to contact us with any information that may help us hold the responsible party accountable.”
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